The STEMpunk Project: Fifth Month’s Progress

Because July was mostly spent reading and watching youtube lectures I’ve opted not to include a picture this month.

During the computing module I was able to maintain fairly sharp boundaries between the three different stages, but this was much less so in the electronics module. Trying to make sense of even basic circuits required me to spend at least a little time digging into theoretical discussions of voltage, current, power, and resistance, and while I did talk an electrician into letting me work for him, it looks like that’s not going to happen for a few weeks, so I’ll have to wait until then.

Nevertheless, I read most of “Basic Electricity”, a dense little manual written by the U.S. Navy, which I complemented with Dave Grynuik’s informative and entertaining course on beginning electronics. I also watched a number of videos on residential wiring, with a special emphasis on wiring breaker boxes and electrical subpanels (see 1, 2, 3, 4).

Further, I managed to write posts on batteries, transistors, the differences between three common means of storing charge in a circuit, and a basic treatment of the theoretical foundations of electronics (linked above). Though not directly STEMpunk-related, I also explored the existence of a fascinating quiet spot in the electromagnetic spectrum and reviewed James Michener’s excellent novel “Space“.

Not a bad haul!

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